How many times have you said, “One of these days I’m going to . . .”? (The idea is for you to fill in the action). Whether it is to write, paint, travel or mend a relationship, what are you waiting for? My advice to you is: Just do it! If you are waiting until you retire or for the timing to be just right, you may not live that long or you may not have the energy if you ever get to that allusive “right time”. Don’t wait to live the life you dream of, just do it!
There have been times in my life that I thought I didn’t have the time to learn or that I didn’t have the patience to get past failure. But, when you go for something with all your heart, you will find the time and learn to be patient, because you believe in it.
Have you found yourself piddling at poetry, playing at being a playwright, or nit-picking at novels? Piddle no more! Just do it! Join a club, talk to others that are doing the same kind of activity, read some books and learn, learn more about what you want to do. You will be surprised at the results. The world will crack its door for you to peek in. Don’t be satisfied with just a peek, push that door wide open and jump in!
At the turn of the century, Y2K, I took the leap and jumped into the life of a writer. With each idea, each project, each support group I joined, I learned and grew. I wrote like there was no tomorrow while holding down a full-time job, raising children and managing our small ranch.
Requests for manuscripts rolled in, alas with rejection after rejection. I was either too thick-skinned to care or too stupid to give up. In the end, my persistence paid off and I landed my first contract. The rest (here comes the cliché) is history.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Harlequin. This month marks the release of my 10th Harlequin Intrigue – Baby Bling, a milestone I only dreamed of back in 2000. I owe it all to persistence. So if you’re teetering on the edge, playing with an idea you think you might like to pursue, don’t teeter, don’t play, get busy and make it happen. Just do it!
He was known as a tough-as-nails tycoon. Then one pregnant beauty penetrated his steely reserve.
Shipping tycoon Jackson Champion hadn’t become a Texas billionaire by crumbling under pressure. So when his sexy assistant, Ysabel Sanchez, decided to walk away from him and his mega-successful corporation, he wasn’t taking no for an answer. After all, memories of their recent one-night stand had consumed him, and now Ysabel’s inability to meet his eye made him wonder what she wasn’t telling him. But exploring their feelings had to wait. An unknown enemy intended to bring down Champion Shipping, and Jackson was an expert at protecting what was his. But could he also lay claim to Ysabel and the secrets she had yet to reveal?
Elle will be giving away an autographed copy of BABY BLING! Just let us know what four Elle James books received Romantic Time’s TOP PICK–and what have YOU personally persisted that led to your success?
Elle James is an award-winning author who began writing on a challenge from her sister and went on to win the Romance Writers of America 2004 Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance and launched her writing career with Harlequin Intrigue. With the support of her parents, husband, one teenage child, two grown children and one grandchild, Elle is currently at home in Northwest Arkansas happily writing her next edge-of-the-seat suspense. She loves to hear from her readers. Email Elle at firstname.lastname@example.org visit her website www.ellejames.com